As we wind things down, let's start off with what is right about the ID-Cooling Chromaflow 240 AIO. Appearance is the key that ID-Cooling is banking on here. The head unit is round, minimal, and has an excellent display of RGB LED lighting from it, not only from the logo but also in the ring that surrounds it. The fans offer much of the same, with matching RGB lighting to the head unit, and with a single ring of LEDs, ID-Cooling makes it appear as three, which is a nice touch for multiple viewing angles.
ID-Cooling also dresses up the tubing, with a thick braided cloth covering the rubber tubes inside of them, and even the termination points of the tubing are clean and slick looking. Even when it comes to the radiator, they dressed things up, not only with the brushed metal plate that goes down the side but also painting the company name on it helps to add points in styling. We like that there is motherboard RGB support so that the AIO will match what the system is doing, and adding a remote control and additional parts for those without this feature to still enjoy all the aspects of this cooler is a nice touch as well.
Sadly, once passed the looks, we do not see much offered to make any user used to products from Asetek to want to switch over to AIO. We have said it before, and we will repeat it, the mounting hardware needs work, and should be changed to simplify things for their customers. The next thing we found silly was using a SATA connection to power the pump. We get it, you wanted to do something different, but on the flip side, you take away the RPM reporting of the pump, which means you will likely have the system shut down before you realize there is an issue with the pump. We hope that all of the pumps would last the lifespan described, and all of them work out of the box, but if there is an issue, there is no easy way to tell. Then we run into the most critical part to those looking for a new AIO; the performance. It is here that we feel ID-Cooling fell behind again. While on paper, the fans are low in CFM, which usually means silence in operation, but in our testing, the fans are just mediocre at providing airflow, as the noise they put off is higher than many others out there.
In the real-world, many potential customers might be turned on by the lower cost of obtaining the product, or get drawn in like flies to a flame by the fancy RGB LED lighting, as a whole, we cannot in good conscience recommend the Chromaflow 240. At $125 it seems like a good deal. Looking at the product page, and seeing the images of the cooler on the box does make you think you are getting something awesome. The problem is, eventually you have to take it out of the box, struggle with the hardware to mount it to the motherboard, and eventually run into the poor thermal results, an abundance of noise, and lack of ability to tell if the pump is working, or if it is working at advertised speeds. We feel the chart to follow will sum it all up for you, but if it were us looking for a 240mm AIO, the Chromaflow 240 from ID-Cooling would not even be in our top five coolers to consider.
|Overall TweakTown Rating||76%|
The Bottom Line: The Id-Cooling Chromaflow 240 is stunning to look at in action. However, there is not much else to brag about whaen it comes to this AIO. Lackluster performance, noisy fans, complicated hardware, and a price that is not that far off from the rest all come together to disapppoint us!
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